January 25, 2010
Discerning Eyes for Church Law, Finance, and Administration
Known, respected leaders to help guide CTI resources.
Christianity Today International's church management division, which publishes Your Church magazine, the Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, plus resources, such as the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide and ChurchSafety.com, recently formed two important boards for its publications and resources.
CTI invited well-known and well-respected members from church legal and financial circles to an Editorial Advisory Board to bring authoritative and qualified eyes to its work.
The 14 advisors will regularly contribute to the church management division’s publications, websites, and resources, and also will regularly provide ideas, thoughts, and feedback, shaping the articles, videos, books, blog posts, and other resources that guide church leaders on important legal, financial, safety, and administrative decisions.
Noted church and business leaders who will lend their expertise include:
• CPA Mike Batts, president and managing shareholder of Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee, P.A., Orlando, Florida;
• CPA Dan Busby, president of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Winchester, VA;
• Attorney Ann Buwalda, executive director of Jubilee Campaign USA and owner of Just Law International PC, Fairfax, Virginia;
• CPA Gregg Capin, partner of Capin Crouse, LLP, Atlanta, GA;
• Attorney George Gatgounis, lead counsel of Gatgounis Law and Consulting Firm, LLC, North Charleston, South Carolina;
• CPA James Guinn, founding shareholder of Guinn, Smith & Company, Irving, Texas;
• CPA Gene Hill, former senior appeals officer with the Internal Revenue Service;
• CPA Vonna Laue, partner of Capin Crouse, LLP, Los Angeles, California;
• Attorney David Middlebrook, of Anthony & Middlebrook, P.C. in Dallas, Texas;
• Attorney Midgett Parker, partner of Linowes and Blocher, LLP, Annapolis, Maryland;
• Judge Enoch Perry, general counsel of Church of God in Christ, Inc., Mitchellville, Maryland;
• Attorney Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, MT;
• CPA Elaine Sommerville, of Sommerville & Associates, P.C., Arlington, TX;
• Attorney and CPA Frank Sommerville, shareholder of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C., Houston and Dallas, Texas;
• Richard Vargo, MBA, PH.D., professor of Accounting at Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.
In addition, CTI also formed a Contributing Editors Board for Your Church magazine to further deepen its 56 years of coverage by using known and respected voices in church administration, management, and leadership circles:
“The decision of these individuals to join these boards reinforces the quality, integrity, and usefulness of the publications and resources provided by Christianity Today International for many years,” said Matt Branaugh, director of editorial for CTI's church management division. “Their presence also reinforces this division’s ongoing commitment to helping church leaders keep their ministries safe, legal, and financially sound.”
Noted church law expert Richard Hammar, senior advisor for both boards and senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today, concurred. “No one else could even come close in assembling an editorial team of the stature, experience, expertise and notoriety that Christianity Today International has assembled,” he said.
Christianity Today International, based in Carol Stream, Illinois, is a not-for-profit Christian media ministry founded by Billy Graham in 1956. It provides 9 publications, including Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and an award-winning website reaching more than 2.5-million unique visitors monthly.